Those of us considered (terrible phrase) knowledge workers know and occasionally love Excel. Its fast, flexible, multi-layered (from 6 cell tables to complex, interactive VBA applications). You only ever need to do as much or as little as you need. It’s completely user-driven, you get your hands on the dials and can make it tell any story you need it to.
The entire world economy runs on it.
So it’s a big brave move to go public for a bit of balance. I love and hate it in equal measure, here’s my top 10 reasons why it’s time for a change:
- Hierarchies are a nightmare, just try storing a deep org chart in it.
- Proliferation of versions, count how many you’ve got on your C: drive.
- Charting is painful.
- Because anyone can modify their local copy, data consistency doesn’t exist.
- There is no security or data integrity.
- Poor user experience, it’s just not very friendly
- 2-dimentional tables and pivoting is a dark art.
- No flexible connection to a presentation layer. You chart and then paste into PowerPoint manually.
- Doesn’t encourage exploration, you need to know what you are looking for and how to find or do it.
- Its quick and dirty (rather than quick and clean)
… and my pet hate: ‘sheet 1’ tab label. How hard is it to put a meaningful label on it?
What does this have to do with orgvue? I think our product team are building the next generation spread sheet for the web era. We’ve got all those aspects above and more covered and I am finding myself turning to orgvue over Excel in more and more instances. The number of times I hear the pain people have keeping their HR/people data in spread sheets. Once you’ve tried orgvue it’ll no longer make sense.